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Facility Standards

On August 22, 2011, Governor Quinn signed Public Act 097-0474, amending the Illinois School Code by adding requirements related to School Action and Facility Master Planning. Public Act 097-0474 requires that the Chicago Public Schools ("CPS"):

  1. Publish space utilization and facility performance standards;
  2. Produce plans for capital improvement (May 2, 2012) and a ten year education master facility plan (January 1, 2013);
  3. Ensure that information regarding capital expenditures and leases are accessible to the public

This website and its links will house information related to all CPS' Facilities.

Space Utilization Standards

Chicago Public Schools has produced a Space Utilization report that includes the utilization rate and enrollment data for each school. This report can be viewed below.

*As required by law, the space utilization report details school buildings operated by CPS and therefore does not include charter schools operated in their own building, as well as alternative schools.

Facility Performance Standards

Chicago Public Schools facilities are critical to support educational function and student safety. The District has developed Facility Performance Standards to provide guidance for future renovations and new construction projects. This document utilizes the expertise of both architects and engineers in the various components of school design, maintenance, operation and usage. The District’s Facility Performance Standards are below:

Heat Protocol Standards

Educational Facilities Master Plan

Development of an Educational Facilities Master Plan is a requirement of Public Act 097-0474.

The purpose of this version is to encourage additional partnership between CPS, communities, and City of Chicago sister agencies in the continued development of the EFMP. Feedback on this plan can be submitted at the email address below.

Feedback on the Educational Facilities Master Plan can be sent to:

Property Owned and Leased by the Board

A list of properties owned and leased by the District is now available via a searchable database that includes address, property name, Zip code, own/lease categorization, and copy of leases where applicable.

Capital Needs Review Process

CPS will assess the capital needs of its facilities through:

  1. A Self-Assessment form completed by school administrators and
  2. A detailed biennial assessment of each facility operated by the district

This two-step process will allow CPS to better understand the conditions of every school throughout the district, assist with developing capital improvement plans, and a ten-year education master facility plan and, most importantly, allow CPS to prioritize projects to ensure that the schools with critical needs are addressed in a timely manner.

Local School Facilities

To view the Educational Facilities Master Plan for a specific school, search for the school profile, go to the Downloads tab, and scroll down to Building. You can download a PDF of the plan.


Facilities Department


42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602